Florida Association of Chamber Professionals Appoints 2018-2019 Board of Directors

facpSanibel Island, FL (September 17, 2018)– The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) installed its 2018-2019 Board of Directors at their Annual Conference, held September 18-20, 2018, in Sanibel Island, Florida. The Board of Directors is the governing body responsible for overseeing the operations of FACP, whose mission is to advance excellence in chamber management in the State of Florida.

Dawn Adams, IOM, Chief Financial Officer for the JAX Chamber, replaced Debbie Cotton, IOM, President & CEO of the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce, as the Chairman of FACP.  As Chairman, Adams will lead the board and oversee their direction in the coming year in providing development skills for professionals within the chamber of commerce industry.

The 2018-2019 Board of Directors include:

CHAIR:  Dawn Adams, IOM, JAX Chamber

CHAIR-ELECT: Elizabeth Spies, Destin Area Chamber of Commerce

TREASURER: Cory Skeates, IOM, FCCP, Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

PAST CHAIR: Debbie Cotton, IOM, Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce

Additional Board Members include:

Skip Alford, FCCP, IOM, Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Hope Allen, North Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Cindy Brief, IOM, FCCP, Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce

Tresa Calfee, Clay County Chamber of Commerce

Krista Compton Carter, IOM, West Orange Chamber of Commerce

Debbie Connors, Port Orange-South Daytona Chamber of Commerce

Michael Dalby, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce

Colleen DePasquale, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce

Ted Everett, Washington County Chamber of Commerce

Kelly Flannery, South Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Tamara Fleischhaker, Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership

Donna S. Germain, IOM     Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral

Robert Goltz, IOM, Miramar-Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce

Megan Harrison, Walton Area Chamber of Commerce

Janet Kersey, Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce

John Lai, Sanibel-Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce

Brittany Lamont, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Dan Lindblade, CAE, Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

Kristopher McLane, Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce

John Newstreet, Kissimmee-Osceola County Chamber of Commerce

Sarah Pearson, Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce

Ray Villegas, IOM, Seminole County Chamber of Commerce

Mark Wilson, CCE, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Katie Worthington, IOM, Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce

Tammy C. Bracewell, IOM, FACP President/CEO

Of these, the following will serve as Regional Chairs, with the purpose of representing the chambers of commerce within their designated area of Florida:

Cindy Brief, Southeast Region; Donna Germain, Southwest Region; Ray Villegas, Central Region; Debbie Connors, East Central, Region; Kelly Flannery, West Central Region; Ted Everett, Northwest Region; and Tresa Calfee, Northeast Region.

For more information, visit www.facponline.com, or contact Tammy Bracewell at



Digital Boardwalk Launches New Video-Centric Website

Pensacola, FL, September 27, 2018 – Digital Boardwalk is excited to announce the launch of our new website located at www.digitalboardwalk.com. “To better complement our second-stage growth this past year, we recently launched a new, smart website that is more cohesive to our brand, easier to navigate, and better conveys who we are as a company in 2018. We are also very excited to showcase our amazing team here at Digital Boardwalk,” says Tim Shoop, CEO.

About Digital Boardwalk

Digital Boardwalk provides comprehensive technology management and consulting services for small and medium-sized businesses across the country. We help customers achieve reliability, security, and peace of mind through award-winning support, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and backup services. We know that technology is integral to your business, so we work diligently to keep your technology working for our clients. Our team of certified technology specialists bring their individual expertise and knowledge to each job at hand. Together, we promise to provide you with the best customer service experience, industry-leading technology, and continuous innovation, all catered to your specific needs.


With a Few Clicks on Amazon, People Are Fighting Diaper Despair in Florida and Around the World

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(FLORIDA) – When someone visits onemorechild.org/diapers and makes a donation of diapers to FBCH and One More Child, they are doing more than using the online giant Amazon to perform a charitable act. They are helping “make a change” for thousands of children and families who the organization cares for locally and globally.

FBCH and One More Child are collecting 800,000 diapers through their 7th annual Diaper Drive, which runs through Nov. 11.

Recipients of the diapers include foster families, families served by One More Child’s Single Mom program, Family Support and Child Hunger programs, and people like Kurt Macoleth, a US Navy veteran who the organization provided diapers for in his time of need.

Six years ago, Kurt’s wife, Ashley, gave birth to their daughter Lyra the day before Kurt began chemotherapy to treat stage 4 throat cancer. In addition, Ashley was rushed to the hospital later that week, where she was diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome from labor.

In the midst of the trauma and the uncertainty, FBCH and One More Child provided diapers and support to the family.

“It is the end of the world for a baby to have no diapers for a day…that is a significant issue,” Kurt said.

Last year, the Diaper Drive netted more than 650,000 diapers provided by individuals, churches and businesses, but the need for diapers continues to grow. In 2017, FBCH and One More Child – whose headquarters is located in Lakeland, Fla. –  impacted more than 200,000 children and individuals. Diapers are a necessity for the organization’s work in Florida, as well as global ministry sites such as the Malnutrition Center in Guatemala.

As of Sept. 21, 188,577 diapers had been collected. People who are ready to help make a change can drop-ship diapers from Amazon to FBCH and One More Child at onemorechild.org/diapers.

Organizations and businesses can also sign up to host a diaper drive, by filling out a simple form at www.onemorechild.org/diaperpledge.

For more information, please contact diaper drive coordinator Sundy Goodnight at 904.402.8588 or Engage@onemorechild.org.


Saint Leo University-Lakeland to Hold ‘Virtual’ Info Session Oct. 10

LAKELAND – Saint Leo University’s Lakeland Education Center will hold a “virtual” information session on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m.

Those interested in finding out more about Saint Leo, what degrees are offered, courses, and more are invited.

The Lakeland Education Center is at 315 Granada St., Lakeland, FL 33805. The center serves students in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and other parts of Polk County. Registration is underway for Fall 2 Semester, which begins Oct. 15, and Spring 1 Semester, which begins Jan. 7, 2019.

Prospective students can RSVP at lakeland@saintleo.edu call or (863) 337-4900.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.


The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving more than 13,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 93,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.